The Township has now received $1,300,000 in grant money in 2016 to reduce traffic, increase walkability, and expand parks and recreation.
Hatfield, PA (August 1, 2016) The Hatfield Township Board of Commissioners announced at its board meeting last week that, through a joint grant application, Hatfield Township and Hatfield Borough have received a $913,160 grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) through its Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program to help reduce traffic congestion on Forty Foot and Cowpath Roads.
The project will connect eleven traffic signals along the Route 463 corridor using fiber optic cables to increase communication and coordination between the signals to increase the movement of traffic while reducing congestion. The design will begin this fall and implementation will take place over the next 12-24 months.
“The board identified this as a major goal a few years ago based on feedback from residents and it’s exciting to have secured the funding to see it come to fruition,” said Tom Zipfel, Hatfield Township’s Board President.
Hatfield Township will build additional segments onto their existing trail system to connect township recreational facilities, a business park, residential areas, and the county’s Liberty Bell Trail in Hatfield Borough. They will extend the Chestnut Street Trail out of Hatfield Community Park by installing sidewalks along Maple Street and a painted shoulder on Chestnut Street, which will connect to Hatfield Borough and the county trail. Also, they will extend the existing Frick’s Trail to the residential areas along Route 309 to connect them with the Chestnut Street Trail. This project, identified in the Walk Montco plan, is also consistent with the goals of the Hatfield Township-Hatfield Borough Greenway and Trails Network Master Plan where both trail extensions were specifically recommended. The Montco 2040 Grant Award is $100,000.
Visit www.montcopa.org/Montco2040GrantProgram for more on the Montco 2040 Implementation Grant Program. For questions, please contact Scott France, MCPC Section Chief for Planning, at 610-278-3747 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.